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    Exclamation Warning: Gratuitous fly porn inside!

    Been shooting a lot of critter macros lately. Thought Id share some of the better ones.


    Two Green-blue Long-legged flies (Condylostylus) makin' Maggots!


    An Orchard spider (Leucauge venusta) having lunch.


    A very large female gardenSpider (Argiope aurantia). She was at least 6" across.


    Blue-green Citrus Root Weevil (Pachnaeus litus) on a rose bloom.


    I have yet to identify this leafhopper as of yet. Pretty sweet colors though.


    Female Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) ..... try to contain youself children.

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    lol. The photos look great, especially the spiders. I probably would have tried squashed the flies or catch them to drop in some spiders web & then shoot the outcome.

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    Beautiful picks.
    Beauty all around us if one just looks for it.

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    Thanks!

    Here is another long-legged fly snacking on an even smaller white fly.


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    Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)


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    amazing. what setup are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MANN
    amazing. what setup are you using?

    Thanks man(n).

    Nikon D300s/Micro-Nikkor 105mm 2.8G ED IF AF-S VR / Nikon 4804 R1 macro light kit / SB-600

    Looks like this (but not on a D3)


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    some great color ideas for ano.

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    Here is another crazy one. This is an Australian garden orb weaver (Eriophora ravilla). Less than 1/2" across.



    And a Leaf footed bug (species TBD)


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    Some more recent stuff.




    Striped Blue (Leptotes marina)


    An absurdly tiny flower-inhabiting crab spider (species TBD) chowing down on an ant.

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    These are amazing man! Where are you taking these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by questionful
    These are amazing man! Where are you taking these?

    Thanks man.

    Pics are from all over. I live in Florida. You know how many bugs there are here?

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    Awesome pics!

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    Moar Please!

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    Another yellow garden spider.




    Another green lynx spider.


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    Your shots look great.. wish would you stumble across a Black Widow prolly not gonna happen in FLA.

    Your Very Talented . Thanks for sharing them with us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose
    Your shots look great.. wish would you stumble across a Black Widow prolly not gonna happen in FLA.

    Your Very Talented . Thanks for sharing them with us
    On the contrary, we have plenty of widow spiders in Florida. They like to hide in holes and old wood piles and such.

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    Ya, we have black, white and brown widows here. I havent come across any lately. But have no doubt that when I do Ill get some shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warwitch
    Ya, we have black, white and brown widows here. I havent come across any lately. But have no doubt that when I do Ill get some shots.
    Very nice.....cant wait to see them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warwitch
    Ya, we have black, white and brown widows here. I havent come across any lately. But have no doubt that when I do Ill get some shots.
    They like to hide outside under things that havent been moved in a while like old piles of wood or fence posts. And sheds and barns with not much traffic. In holes around things like water pump sheds. Mostly in very rural settings, not too much in urban areas.
    Just like the scorpions, they like wood piles too.
    I got stung by a scorpion about 30 years ago on the little toe.
    Felt like some one was putting a lit cigarette out on me.
    You wouldnt think those little bitty things would do that but they pack a punch for as small as they are.


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    Leaf beetle (Bassareus brunnipes)


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    Woot! Got a little time out in the yard today. Summer has been really productive.



    Broad nosed beetle (Ophryastes varius) almost has a skull on his shell!



    Leaf Footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus) profile.

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    Oops, wonder how that got in there.

    Ok, back to business....

    Primitive carrion beetle (species TBD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warwitch
    Ya, we have black, white and brown widows here. I havent come across any lately. But have no doubt that when I do Ill get some shots.
    I haven't seen a black widow since my first week here, but I think it's because we brought it from SoCal. They are all over San Diego, urban or otherwise...

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    I had the coolest otter encounter this afternoon! I was driving home for lunch and I noticed some activity by a spillway I passed. So I quick whipped a U-turn, threw it into park, grabbed my camera and made way to the canal bank. When they first noticed me they were a little wary. But after about 2 minutes of my coaxing they came right up! Im quite certain they would have taken fish from my hand. There was one adult and two "teenagers".

    SOOC baby.




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    Summertime cicada.


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    Best thread for a LONG time! Awesome pics man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolter
    Best thread for a LONG time! Awesome pics man!

    Thank you, I appreciate it.

    A couple from last week. Been messing with my strobes a lot.







    Thanks again for looking!

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    how do you get some of these bugs to stay still? quick/quiet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MANN
    how do you get some of these bugs to stay still? quick/quiet?

    I threaten them.

    Seriously though, I dont. Just like any other kind of hunting it takes patience. A calm, steady approach. Dont cast shadows on them (they bolt.) Did I mention patience? Oh, and persistance. Ive spent maaaaaaaaaany soggy, unproductive hours getting eaten up by mosquitos, chiggers, gnats, fire ants, horse flys, etc.... And yet, I still find they bother me less than people.

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